RF Cafe Security Training Video
Anyway, Melanie and I went out to a local public shooting range in Erie, PA, to do a bit of target practice. We started at 25 yards and were lucky to hit the target (about 12" square) with the first 100 rounds or so, which included the initial sighting process. Three Marines showed up at the bench next to us and offered a few tips that resulted in more hits in the target area. A little while later, I grabbed the target and took it home to erase any evidence of the shame. There were about 28 holes in the target out 100 rounds fired (all from an unsupported stance). We vowed to do better next time.
The video below is a short clip from the second time out. Again, shooting began at 25 yards, and both Melanie and I managed to at least hit the plywood backing board with every shot. The park ranger came by and after getting a lot more good info from him, we moved closer to the target. Things changed dramatically after taking his suggestion and moving up to about 10 yards. I recorded the video below of Melanie's first two shots at 10 yards. After another dozen rounds, there were 2 more holes within the bull's eye region (total of 4).
OK, so I'm no Wyatt Earp, but in these getting-weirder-every-day times, it can't hurt to be prepared. Melanie and I will both be taking a firearms safety course pretty soon. It is an 8-hour classroom and shooting session with police officer (active and retired) instructors, so not only will it be useful, but there will probably be some pretty good story telling about real-life incidents.